Would you like to see North Carolina’s barrier islands from a totally different perspective? Sign up for one of the Outer Banks air tours! There is nothing more thrilling than seeing the gorgeous stretches of shoreline and sparkling blue water from a bird’s eye view. Whether you prefer a leisurely glide through the sky or an exhilarating skydiving adventure, the possibilities are endless.
Read on to learn about all of the best aerial adventures in the Outer Banks! Then, be sure to request access to our free Vacation Guide for more great tips about things to see and do during your stay.
Top 5 Outer Banks Air Tours
In 1903, the Wright Brothers flew the first powered airplane over the Outer Banks. You can’t visit the birthplace of aviation without taking an air tour for yourself! Here are some of our top recommendations:
1. OBX Air Tour Adventures
From OBX helicopter tours to aerobatic stunts, OBX Air Tour Adventures offers a dizzying array of fun aerial excursions. Fly in an open cockpit biplane or soar above the ocean in an authentic WWII warplane. The pilots have a combined total of more than 60 years of flying experience and excellent safety records. Buckle up and enjoy a smooth ride!
2. Barrier Island Aviation
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly in a 1942 open-cockpit biplane or a Cessna? Now, you can! Barrier Island Aviation offers a great selection of high-flying tours, and each is more exciting than the last. See ancient shipwrecks, the Wright Brothers Monument’, sea turtles, dolphins, and more! You will also pass several of the area’s most beautiful lighthouses.
3. Kitty Hawk Kites Aero Tours in the Outer Banks
With flights starting at just $40 per person, Kitty Hawk Kites Aero Tours offers many different options for air tours. Flights range from 8 – 35 minutes in an open-air cockpit biplane. Choose the Standard Outer Banks Shipwreck Tour and cruise over the Elizabeth II replica vessel and the Wright Memorial. Or, take an Expanded Tour to see all the main area attractions.
4. Skydive OBX
Calling all thrill-seekers, daredevils, and adventure-lovers! Nothing will get your heart racing like a skydiving adventure in the Outer Banks! Skydive OBX offers the best freefall experiences in the area, and no experience is required. Enjoy the beautiful views of the barrier islands while you soar high above the landscape in a Cessna 182. Nothing will prepare you for the incredible rush of adrenaline you’ll feel when you leap out of the plane!
5. Kitty Hawk Kites Hang Gliding School
If you’re not quite up for skydiving, you might prefer Outer Banks hang gliding over the soft and gentle sand dunes. Kitty Hawk Kites runs the largest hang gliding school in the world, and they can make your dreams of flying come true. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, everyone is welcome to learn how to fly. Plus, when you book your stay with Paramount Destinations, you can receive a special guest discount on your hang gliding lesson!
Other Unique Things to Do in the Outer Banks
Are you looking for other fun activities to add to your Outer Banks itinerary? After a day in the clouds, check out these other tours and attractions:
Plan the Ultimate Outer Banks Vacation With Paramount Destinations
When it comes to lodging options in the area, Paramount Destinations offers the ideal accommodations for Outer Banks getaways. We offer a wide array of vacation rentals throughout Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, and The Currituck Club. Whether you prefer a home with a private pool, oceanfront views, or a dog-friendly rental, the possibilities are endless. You won’t find a more convenient location on North Carolina’s barrier islands – all of the best Outer Banks air tours, beaches, restaurants, and shops are just minutes away!
For an unforgettable experience, we invite you to book your stay in our Moondance home. Located in Corolla, this well-maintained home features a large great room, a private pool and hot tub, and comfortable furnishings throughout. As guests within The Currituck Club, your family can enjoy exclusive amenities including access to the Clubhouse, Fitness Center, free trolley service to the beach access, fabulous dining, courts for tennis, basketball, and volleyball, and so much more. Check our availability and book your Outer Banks vacation today. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Don’t forget to access our free Vacation Guide for all of your planning needs!